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HTRD Episode #26: Christian Reconstructionists and the Storming of the U.S. Capitol with Julie Ingersoll
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In this first episode of 2021, we return to the political discussions of 2020. Dr. Julie Ingersoll,
the UNF, Religious Studies chairperson, discusses her work on the political and theological
world view of Evangelical Christian sects and their participation in the political unrest and
violence we have recently witnessed. Drawing on the research and insights from her book:
Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction, Dr. Ingersoll explains
how these communities understand the roles and responsibilities of family, church, and
government based on their interpretation of the Bible.
Our conversation touches on the foundation work of John Rushdoony, the 20th Century
Calvinist theologian, the unexpected convergence of purpose between anti-government groups and Evangelicals, terrorism and religious activism, and the impact of social media outlets on the spread of Evangelical ideas once confined to insulated and geographically specific locations.
As always, we thank Dr. Ingersoll for this insightful and timely discussion.

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